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Wärtsilä unveils AHTI innovation vessel

Date: 07 Sep 2022 Author: Chief Editor

🎯 Wärtsilä Voyage, part of the technology group Wärtsilä, has unveiled its new demonstrator and innovation vessel, AHTI, at SMM exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. With AHTI, Wärtsilä Voyage has created a seaborne environment where customers can test Wärtsilä Voyage’s own technologies, as well as its technology partners’ solutions. These trials will be conducted in changeable real-life sea conditions which can be difficult and costly to recreate in a laboratory environment.

In its previous life, AHTI served as a German Government fishery patroller. AHTI was chosen as a target for retrofit technology installations to prove what is already technologically possible for the current fleet, and to create a platform for further innovation and development.

In the first half of 2022, AHTI’s bridge was upgraded with a number of products from Wärtsilä Voyage’s portfolio including integrated vessel control system NACOS Platinum, smart panoramic edge camera system (SPECS) and Short Range Radar RS24. The vessel has also been fitted with on-the-market partner technology products from OSCAR and Drynet. Soon, Wärtsilä Voyage will be installing targetless position reference system SceneScan, advanced motion prediction and decision support system SmartMove, Remote Control and Satellite Connectivity onboard.

With this expansive breadth of technology onboard, AHTI is a bridge to the highly automated, connected, situationally aware and data-enabled future for maritime that Wärtsilä Voyage is aiming to create.

🎤 Speaking on the unveiling of AHTI, Hendrik Bußhoff, Head of Product – Autonomous Systems, Wärtsilä Voyage, said: “Trialling new equipment almost always means testing it on a customer ship which can often bring with it a lot of obligations and questions about documentation, schedules, data ownership and compliance. This is why we invested in AHTI. We now have a resource that will shorten time-to-market, enable us to fail fast and innovate quicker, and compare and understand different technologies outside of controlled environments.”

🎤 Sean Fernback, President, Wärtsilä Voyage commented: “ AHTI provides a powerful tool for testing the capabilities and benefits of a tech-enabled vessel and provides us with an environment in which we can see the future, today, on our terms. With AHTI, we look forward to working more closely with our customers and technology partners, as well as regulators, to shape the future of maritime, enabling us to move forward as an industry at pace.”

📃📷 Source: Wartsila Voyage